Thursday 14 December 2017

Woman (21) sent for trial on €100k cocaine charges

Alison Cleary will appear before the circuit court this month
Alison Cleary will appear before the circuit court this month

A young woman has been sent for trial accused of possession of more than €100,000 worth of cocaine for sale or supply at her home.

Alison Cleary (21) had a book of evidence served on her when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge Grainne O'Neill sent her forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ms Cleary, of Bewley Lawns, Lucan, is charged with possession of more than €13,000 worth of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

The offence is alleged to have happened at her home address on February 4 last year.

She is also charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug.

A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the case being sent for trial to the current sittings of the circuit court.

Judge O'Neill gave the defndant the formal notice that she must supply details of any alibi she intends to rely on to the prosecution within 14 days.

She also made an order for copies of the video of the accused's garda interview to be furnished to the defence.

Ms Cleary's solicitor, Simon Fleming, asked Judge O'Neill to grant a legal aid certificate to cover both junior and senior counsel in the circuit court.


The state solicitor did not object and said this was a "matter for the court". The judge granted Mr Fleming's application after hearing that the allegation involved drugs with a value "in excess of €100,000".

The defendant was remanded on bail under existing terms, to appear before the circuit court later this month. She did not address the court during the hearing and has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges.

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